November 12 is National Happy Hour Day, and Americans in 2020 may be ready like never before.

Update your calendars, set your watches, and schedule your social media posts – the 2020 National Happy Hour Day is upon us this Thursday. This quirky celebration marks a way for us to creatively (Zoom?) gather with friends, coworkers, healthcare workers, diverse neighbors, and political adversaries for a meeting of the minds and canned cocktails.

The self-proclaimed keeper of Days, the National Today website, explained that in the case of the National Happy Hour Day, the Internet has spoken. “As much as we love National Happy Hour Day (and we really do!), the day itself remains uncredited,” explained the site of Ben Kaplan, Founder and CEO of National Today.

Happy Hour itself seems to date back to 1913, when the crew of the USS Arkansas scheduled a period of entertainment aboard ship. By the end of WWI, the entire Navy was celebrating Happy Hour, albeit without the benefit of hard seltzer.

Happy Hour is actually banned (can you do that?) in the 11 states of Alaska, Delaware, Hawaii, Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Utah, and Vermont. That’s Adhimmnoruv, in case you’re in the market for a dotcom to help kick off your petition.

If you live in one of the 11 banned states, maybe you have a new reason to protest.

While we’re not suggestion civil unrest, bar owner in those 11 states might be able to get away with it this year like none other. And many rules seem to be changing this year.

Hopefully you’ll find some camaraderie in America’s finest Hour.

Caroline Hill